Hot Tub Maintenance - Step by Step Guide - Paradise Water Spas
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Hot Tub Maintenance

Your Hot Tubs General Cleaning Instructions:

As a hot tub owner it is good to drain your hot tub water about every 4 months, this number depends on how frequently it is used. However, note that If your spa has an ozonator, you may only have to change your spas water load every 8-12 months.

Once your tub is drained, get 3 gallons of water, add half a cup of bleach and mix. Use this to sponge clean the shell of your hot tub. After, make sure to rinse with fresh water. Then dry your hot tub with a large towel.

Depending on the frequency of your hot tub use, you want to try and clean the filter of the hot tub once every month or more frequently if your hot tub has a higher usage rate. To clean the filter well, soak it overnight in a filter cleaner, Filter Fresh is a good example.

Now it is time to refill your hot tub, make sure the water is at the recommended level.

A big tip is to, with the help of a timer, set your hot tub to filter itself on low speed for a minimum of 3 hours every 12 hours.

Refer to your Owner’s Manual for more in-depth instruction for your personal hot tub.

On The Weekly:

  1. Test and adjust your hot tub 2-4x per week for bromine (or chlorine), pH, and alkalinity.

* Your tubs pH should be adjusted to be 7.6 - 8.2.

* Make sure alkalinity is adjusted to 100.

* To prevent bacteria from growing in a hot tub, bromine or chlorine is used. Bromine is a little pricer but does typically last longer and needs less adjusting. Chlorine is a little more affordable and gets rid of bacteria just as effectively as bromine. But, chlorine has a tiny bit stronger smell. Whether you decide to use Bromine or Chlorine, just make sure you use one of them to maintain a clean and bacteria free hot tub.

  1. Rinse off the filter cartridge with fresh water. And on a monthly basis, soak the filter in cartridge cleaner. Possibly more frequently depending on the frequency of hot tub use.
  2. Squeeze out scum bags, not into the hot tubs water of course. And rinse the scum bag with fresh water.

Note: You can use test strips to check the chemical and mineral levels in your hot tub. These strips can be found at most department stores or local hot tub stores. You should be checking up on and adjusting the chemical levels in your hot tub about 1-2 times per week.

Keep In Mind:

  1. Clean your hot tub's filter every 4-8 weeks, and replace every 1.5 - 2 yrs.
  2. Keep the hot tub clean; drain & refill every approximately every 4 months.
  3. Air-Out your hot tubs cover twice per week.
  4. And of course, Add water as needed to keep it full (covering all jets).

Also, it is very beneficial to your hot tubs longevity to add a single capful of stain and scale control and 1 oz. of a hot tub clarifier.

Note: You can use test strips to check the chemical and mineral levels in your hot tub. These strips can be found at most department stores or local hot tub stores. You should be checking up on and adjusting the chemical levels in your hot tub about 1-2 times per week.

When On Travel:

  1. Adjust pH to be 7.6 - 8.2.
  2. Lock the tubs cover to prevent access.
  3. Lock the hot tub lights and jets.
  4. When you return, make sure to balance the pH and alkaline and sanitize the water prior to using.
  5. You can also check your Owner's Manual for additional instructions.

What Will It Cost Me To Maintain My Hot Tub?

When it comes down to it, owning a hot tub has monthly costs. Thankfully, they aren’t unreasonable and the benefits far outway these recurring costs.

The hot tub will have monthly running costs for heating, water, chemicals, and perhaps insurance. Thankfully energy efficiency has improved remarkably when it comes to hot tubs in the last decade.

Depending on your personal decision to keep the tub always hot or to heat it up when you are going to use it, the average hot tub these days costs approximately $21-50 a month.

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